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Ex-associate gets $610K for retaliation claim (access required)

An Alexandria federal jury has awarded more than $610,000 in damages, back pay and costs to a former law-firm associate who contended she was fired because she is a mother. The former associate, who began work at the Reston office ...

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Ex-Law Firm Associate Gets $610K For Retaliation (access required)

An Alexandria federal jury has awarded more than $610,000 in damages, back pay and costs to a former law-firm associate who contended she was fired because she is a mother. The former associate, who began work at the Reston office ...

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Corporate Scandals Keep Comey Busy (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—With corporate scandals continuing to make headlines, James B. Comey Jr. is keenly aware of the public demand for a crackdown on white-collar criminals. As U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Comey and the 50 white-collar ...

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Top ?Young Lawyer' Gives Back To Community (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—For most young big-firm associates, the dual demands of the years-long effort to make partner while raising a family are plenty; few can carve out large chunks of time to pursue demanding volunteer work. Richard H. Ottinger, however, has ...

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'Overzealous' Debt Collection Prompts Award Of Punitives (access required)

A debt-collection company that threatened a woman with arrest over a $148.78 check must pay her more than $34,000 in damages and attorney’s fees, a federal district judge has ruled. Last summer, the company called the woman and abruptly demanded ...

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'Constructive Discharge' Claim Can Go Forward (access required)

Three women may maintain their constructive discharge claim against their former employer, a restaurant, a Virginia Beach circuit judge has ruled. The women contended that a co-worker at the restaurant behaved in “an extremely vulgar manner” on several occasions, subjecting ...

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Arlington's Smith Gains G.P. Award (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—At a stage in life when most lawyers are looking back at their careers, Arlington lawyer Kenneth McFarlane Smith is looking ahead. With a busy practice, regular stints as a substitute judge and leadership positions in several charitable organizations, ...

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Insurance Interview Is Subject To Discovery (access required)

A Prince William County circuit judge has ruled that a car-crash plaintiff may obtain a transcript of the interview given by the defendant to his insurance company shortly after the crash. The ruling is the latest in a long line ...

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Man Is Awarded $3M In Suit Against Brokers (access required)

An arbitration panel has ordered a brokerage firm to pay about $3 million to a Falls Church man who lost more than $1 million in high-risk investments in the stock market. The case is the latest in a number of ...

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Judge Attacked For Reducing Sentence (access required)

A Pittsylvania County police investigator has publicly questioned a circuit judge’s decision to sentence a convicted killer to life instead of following the jury’s recommended death sentence. On Feb. 6, 2003, a Chatham jury recommended that Roy Douglas Inge Jr. ...

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